RCHUMS 314 - The Figure of Rome in Shakespeare and 16th-Century Painting
Section: 001
Term: FA 2014
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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What did ancient Rome mean to Shakespeare? How did he interpret the colorful and violent history of that fascinating period? In this course, we will examine four of Shakespeare’s plays, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, and Cymbeline. We will read a selection of Shakespeare’s sources, especially the historian Plutarch, to figure out how the playwright transformed his source material into works of art that speak to the political issues of his own time. Because this is an interdisciplinary course, we will explore the work of three renaissance painters, Mantegna, Titian and Caravaggio, in order to compare their understanding of ancient Rome with that of Shakespeare. We will complete our study by inquiring how (and why) renaissance artists, historians, and antiquarians began to construct a pre-roman paganism. What sources did they use to discover a past much older than that of Rome? Was there a political or cultural motive behind this construction?

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RCHUMS 314 - The Figure of Rome in Shakespeare and 16th-Century Painting
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001 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 1903436052
Titus Andronicus, Author: [William Shakespeare] ; edited by Jonathan Bate., Publisher: Arden Shakespeare Repr. 2006
ISBN: 0174434901
Julius Caesar, Author: edited by David Daniell., Publisher: Arden Shakespeare New ed. 1998
ISBN: 0415011035
Antony and Cleopatra, Author: William Shakespeare ; edited by John Wilders., Publisher: Routledge 3rd Ed. 1995
ISBN: 0192833502
Cymbeline, Author: William Shakespeare. Ed. by Roger Warren., Publisher: Clarendon Press [u.a.] Reissued a 1998
ISBN: 0140441581
Makers of Rome, nine lives Coriolanus, Fabius Maximus, Macellus, Cato the Elder, Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Gracchus, Sertorius, Brutus, Mark Antony, Author: translated with an introd. by Ian Scott-Kilvert., Publisher: Penguin Books Reprinted. 1965
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